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'''William Etty''' (10 March 1787 – 13 November 1849) was an English artist best known for his history paintings containing nude (art)|nude figures. He was the first significant British painter of nudes and still lifes. Born in York, he left school at the age of 12 to become an apprenticeship|apprentice printer in Kingston upon Hull|Hull. He completed his apprenticeship seven years later and moved to London, where in 1807 he joined the Royal Academy Schools. There he studied under Thomas Lawrence and trained by copying works by other artists. Etty earned respect at the Royal Academy of Arts for his ability to paint realistic flesh tones, but had little commercial or critical success in his early years in London. Etty's ''Cleopatra's Arrival in Cilicia'', painted in 1821, featured numerous nudes and was exhibited to great acclaim. Its success prompted several further depictions of historical scenes...
Honorific prefix| name = William Etty
Honorific suffix| image = William Etty self-portrait.jpg
Birth date{{Birth date|1787|03|10|df=y}}
Birth placeYork
Death date{{Death date and age|1849|11|13|1787|03|10|df=y}}
Death placeYork
Resting placeSt Olave's Church, York
Resting place coordinates
EducationThomas Lawrence
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